Art Windsor-Essex Fall/Winter 2022-23 Exhibition Highlights

William Kurelek, Ukrainian Farmer’s Wife in Prairie Winter, 1966, mixed media on masonite, 244.0 cm x 122.0 cm, Purchased with funds donated by the Art Gallery of Windsor Volunteer Committee and with the assistance of the Ministry of Culture and Recreation through Wintario, 1979.

New Exhibitions On View at AWE

October 2022 to February 2023

Shelley Niro: Boundless from the series Below the 6: Boundless gathers photographs from several series spanning much of Shelley Niro’s long career. All demonstrating Niro’s reflection on her community and relationship to landscape. Striking large black and white photographs of fossilized rock, titled Resting Place of Our Ancestors (2019) generate a moment of curiosity for life before human existence. Final Moments Thinking of You (1998), a multi-panel installation of colour photographs that reference the medicine wheel teachings, are placed on a wall that’s been painted the same colour as the flag of the Haudenosaunee confederacy. Archived family photos feature a triptych of her mother embedded on a blooming rose called Chiquita (2020) alongside more intimate hand-tinted photographs of her family selected from the series Mohawks in Beehives (1991). Below the 6 is curated by TD Curatorial Fellow Czarina Mendoza and is generously supported by TD Bank Group.

Grey Matter: Your Brain on Art is an exhibition of a selection of recently acquired artworks from Art Windsor-Essex’s Collection. The artworks share the same monochromatic colour scheme from artists such as Manasie Akpaliapik, Marcel Barbeau, Lawren S. Harris, Colleen Heslin, John Heward, Robert Houle, Micah Lexier, Shelley Niro, Margaret Priest, Jane Ash Poitras, Kakulu Saggiaktok, Henry Saxe, Quinn Smallboy, Kara Springer, Max Streicher and more. The exhibit’s title comes from the areas in the human brain that relate to memory, emotions, decision-making, among other processes.

Manuel Mathieu: World Discovered Under Other Skies: Manuel Mathieu is known for vibrant, colourful paintings that seamlessly merge abstraction with figuration. His work reflects on our intertwined lives, in which the boundaries between the past and present or the personal and political are often blurred. Sharing recollections that depict everyday scenes, Mathieu also blends into his canvases an interrogation of the complex history of his familial homeland, Haiti. By unearthing the traumas of state violence, he addresses issues that remain as urgent today as they have been throughout Haitian history. The exhibition is organized and circulated by The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery.

The Artists of Colour: Abstracted Realities: The voices of black artists reverberate through history from ancient times. No longer absent from historical records, they continue to speak independently through media of visual art, music, and literature. The process of selective filtering has been practised in art throughout history and has rendered the black artist as invisible and without credible skill or talent. The fact that works of notable black artists of the past have been excluded from mainstream art galleries for centuries highlights a form of abstraction. Our collective voices must be raised in protest. Today the works of many eminent Black artists are recognized as historically significant contributions and have taken their place beside other influential artists. The works in this exhibit are the narratives of The Artists of Colour.

Conservator Spencer Montcalm guides viewers through recent and key conservation projects from the Art Windsor Essex collection. Restored Treasures Part 2 offers a behind-the-scenes exploration of art’s material characteristics and ageing. Highlighting artist techniques and working methodology, see how research on the creative process guide an ethically sound treatment plan. Through material analysis and non-destructive imaging insights into the creative process can be revealed.

Daphne Odjig: Our Mothers: Daphne Odjig is renowned as the “grandmother of Indigenous art.” Odjig forged a path for herself and the following generations of artists. She made space for fellow First Nations artists to make a name for themselves and worked to raise the profile of the Woodland School through her leadership in forming Professional Native Artists Inc. alongside Alex Janvier, Jackson Beardy, Eddy Cobiness, Norval Morrisseau, Carl Ray and Joseph Sanchez. The artworks in this exhibition are prints or originals from Tales from the Smokehouse, Motherhood Series, Jerusalem Series, Childhood Remembrance Suite, Prayer Series, and the Sick Children’s Hospital Series. They depict mothers in action, teaching children acts of care, connection, and play.

Group of Seven: Not Formed in a Day was originally a pop-up at River Bookshop’s Hole in the Wall event space. We are pleased to be able to present the show in our fully accessible gallery space. Prints by Group of Seven members in AWE’s permanent collection are hung together with paintings and drawings loaned by a private collector. These works highlight the ways that the Group of Seven built their legacy. The group made print editions and commercial works as well as their famed paintings.

In the Community

Look Again! Outside: St. Clair College launching Fall 2022, eleven reproductions of art from the collection of Art Windsor-Essex (AWE) will be placed throughout St Clair College’s main campus. This edition of Look Again! Outside turns the main campus of St. Clair College into an outdoor art gallery. Art collector and philanthropist Stephanie Zekelman has selected 11 works by 8 artists from AWE’s collection to reproduce. Look Again! Outside: St. Clair College was made possible by a generous donation from the Stephanie and Barry Zekelman Foundation and with the generous in-kind support of St. Clair College.

Against the Current is an outdoor web-based experience accessible through participants’ portable devices. Through the experience, participants are encouraged to use an interactive online map to move across Downtown Windsor to discover eight locations that feature artwork reproductions from the art gallery’s collection. The artists who are featured altered the course of art history by pushing against the expectations of their time. Mini-games at each stop reveal the stories of these artists – their passion, imagination, and acts of rebellion.

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Art Windsor-Essex
401 Riverside Drive West
Windsor, Ontario N9A 7J1

Gallery Hours
Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am-5:00pm

Admission is $10, or free for members.

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